Following on from the successful launch of season one, the BBC has secured the UK rights to the second season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC America series Killing Eve from international distributor Endeavor Content.
As was the case with season one, the show’s second season will air in a linear slot on BBC One and stream as a box-set on BBC Three. Production on season two is now underway ahead of a 2019 premiere.
Killing Eve has been a success story for the BBC; attracting over 26 million requests on the iPlayer so far. It has attracted a younger audience, with with over a third of those watching aged under 35 – perhaps vindicating the decision to acquire it for BBC Three (whose target audience is 16-34s)
Killing Eve follows Eve, a bored MI5 security officer whose desk job does not fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. When Eve is tasked with tracking down Villanelle – a fearsome assassin clinging to the luxuries her violent job affords her – before she can strike again, the two women are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game that turns the traditional spy-thriller on its head.
The drama series, which was created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is produced by Sid Gentle Ltd and stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw. Joining the cast for season two is Nina Sosanya, Edward Bluemel and guest star Julian Barrett. The series is based on the novellas by Luke Jennings. The executive producers are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Gina Mingacci.
“We are thrilled that Killing Eve will be returning for series two”, said the BBC Head of Programme Acquisition Sue Deeks, who brokered the deal with Endeavor Content. “The series has beguiled our viewers with its distinctive take on the spy drama and we cannot wait to see what Killing Eve’s brilliant team has in store for us next!”
“A truly genre-busting series that’s had viewers hooked and craving more, thanks to the distinctive voice of Phoebe Waller Bridge brought to life by an incredible cast”, commented the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “We’re really excited to have it back on the BBC next year.”
While Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, added: “The first series of Killing Eve has been a huge success for us on BBC Three. The writing is exceptional, the performances first-class and our young audiences have loved and binged right through it – we can’t wait to see what series two has in store.”